When I set out from California back in February, I never thought I’d be back in the working force so soon. Little did I know, as soon as I set foot in Melbourne, I was set up for an interview by a good friend from Culinary school. Next thing I knew, I had a job. Why? I was living at my cousins’ place, the money was really good and I could really indulge myself in Melbourne, the infamous city of the Southern Hemisphere. The opportunity was way too good: I was about to earn more money than I ever had in my 3 years of working professionally in this field at a lower position before and I was saving even more money by living with my cousins. Anyone would kill to be in my place. How can I not?
Almost everyone who goes to Melbourne takes the plane. From the airport, the 2 most clearest and straightforward way to get to the CBD is either to take the taxi or the Skybus. The taxi will set you back $50-$70 depending on where you go; the skybus on the other hand, cost $18 per way and takes you to Southern Cross Station, which is pretty much in town. Both of which are very convenient but comes with a cost.
However, for some of the more budget minded and a flexible schedule, here are Cheapest ways to the Melbourne Airport from the city:
1. Take a Craigieburn line train from any CBD train station and get off at Broadmeadows. Walk out of the station to the bus bays and catch the route 901 bus to Melbourne Airport.
2.The 901 operates 5am to midnight weekdays, 6am to midnight Saturdays and 7am to 9.30pm on Sundays. It terminates next to Terminal 1 (used by Qantas and Jetstar), from where you can walk to the international and other domestic terminals.
3. Bus 478 to Airport West, Take 59 Tram towards City Centre.
The next Melbourne Market close to the city is Prahran Market. Located in the suburb of Prahran, next to the infamous Chapel St and on Commercial st. The market is in a huge warehouse that has multiple entrances, but the main entrance is on Commercial st. Although this market is not the favourite, it’s the coolest and smallest one of them all. In the main building as you enter, you are immediately met with a rainbow array of fruits and vegetables.
Every city and country I go to, the first thing I look for is the market. I can safely say that I’ve visit every wet, dry, super, hyper and mega markets in every city/country I’ve been to. What can I say, I’m a chef and a foodie. So if you travel with me, there will always be food involved.
Melbourne is a food-centric city. Every suburb you go to there are many different types of restaurants, cafes and food establishments. There are 3 types of Melbourne markets to be found here: established, pop-up and neighbourhood stores. I’m going to try my best to fully inform and advice you on them as I’ve personally haven’t each one of them.
As Melbourne is the hipster place that it is, there’s always something obscure yet interesting out there. One of the more hidden attractions that I recently discovered was a pop up garden in the middle of the city.